Linebug tour diary #3 (big, medium, small)
There are pros and cons when it comes to the size of the German cities, and if you're booking in Germany for the first time, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First of all: big cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Köln and München are overflowing with artists - the competition is hard and it can be difficult to get enough people in to see your show. I've come to look at my big-city-concerts as a form of promotion - it is an opportunity to invite people from the music business, press, music blogs etc. There are (of course) some great places in the bigger cities as well, but as a ground rule, there a fewer people and less money. Germany is a great country for touring because it has so many "middle-sized" cities (100.0000-400.000 citizens) and all of these cities have great venues. Examples could be Chemnitz, Bielefeld, Magdeburg, Wuppertal, Lübeck, Flensburg and the list goes on and on. In my experience there is more audience in the middle-sized cities and it is also the standard that musicians get a place to sleep, food, drinks and a better pay than in the bigger cities. Playing in small towns and villages is generally underrated, and I can only recommend that you fit a few of them into your tour plan, even if you have never heard of them. The locals are genuinely happy to have you come visit their community, and you may be treated like kings and queens! Sometimes the whole town shows up to hear you play. I see many musicians having a great focus on the bigger cities, and it may work if you already have a hype going, but if you are new in Germany, it may be a disappointment. What looks cool on the tour plan is not always cool in real life, and after all, a tour is about getting your music out to a new audience no matter where they live. In the small town Meldorf Jan has an old fashioned book store, and everything seems to be moving in a nice and slow pace. We had hand ground coffee, calm conversations, and outside our window on the top of a hill, an old mill was still standing. We had a tough day with Deutsche Bahn before we finally arrived here, but after a nice concert at the local "Kultur Kneipe" and a good nights sleep in the quiet town, we felt rested and ready to continue the tour.